Cottage in West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, England

Cottage In A Quiet Lane, Easily Sleeps 6 In Three Bedrooms, With Sunny Decked Garden.

Very Well Located, With Beach, Sailing, Public House, Cafe And Estuary Walks Within Two Minute Walk

Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms)

  • Rates: (GBP)

    £500 - £750WEEKLY
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    • Property type:Cottage
    • Sleeps:6 (3 bedrooms)
    • Bathrooms/Toilets:2
    • Internet access
    • Pets accepted


    Property description

    This well located holiday cottage sleeps 6 easily in three good sized bedrooms. Featured in the Guardian Travel supplement "Cool Cottages to Stay". The living room has a wood burner, and the farmhouse style kitchen leads out to the sunny decked courtyard garden. Wifi is free. Whilst situated in a quiet lane, the cottage is only two minutes walk from the beach, estuary walks, public house, cafes and oyster bar. Within five minutes walk are more cafes, restaurants. Sailing is a key attraction, with dingy launch two minutes away. Dogs welcome. Mersea is ideal for a family beach holiday, with plenty for children to do: crabbing, swimming, art classes. Mersea attracts windsurfers, sailors, kite surfers and canoeists, as well as being good for cyclists and walkers. The cottage is also great for winter breaks, to cosy up in front of the fire after visiting the local nature reserves. Plus you will be staying on a real island!

    Accommodation description

    Bedroom 1 with super-kingsize bed, ensuite bathroom, view of the sea, Bedroom 2 with twin beds/kingsize double, Bedroom 3 twin beds/super-kingsize double. Travel cots can be accommodated in bedrooms 1 and 3

    En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1, wc and Family bathroom with wc and shower.

    Farmhouse style kitchen with reclaimed pine units, has a farmhouse table to seat 6, cooker, dishwasher, microwave, iron, ironing board. Conservatory area has washing machine and fridge-freezer.

    Utility Room:
    Washing machine, fridge-freezer, space for welly boots, coats and dogs

    Living Rooms:
    Spacious living room with wood burner, good quality sofa (not sofa-bed), four wicker chairs, tastefully decorated, TV, DVD/CD and Ipod dock, easy clean family friendly flooring and furniture. Free Wifi. Free logs are provided for the wood burner.

    We can provide travel cot, highchair and stair gate on request. Please bring your own cot bedding.

    Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid service:
    Towels and bedlinen included, please bring beach towels with you. The property is cleaned by our housekeeper before and after your visit.

    Barbecue, Parking, Garden.

    Dishwasher, Fridge/Freezer, Hob/Stove, Iron, Microwave, Oven, Washing Machine.

    Central Heating, High Chair, Internet Access, TV.

    Location Type:
    Beach, Village.

    There are one set of stairs. The property is not suitable for wheelchair users. It is suitable for elderly people if they can manage the stairs. There are two steps up into the decked garden. The nearness of cafes etc would suit elderly people

    The sunny decked garden is fully enclosed , and equipped with garden furniture for 6 people. Well stocked with plants,passionflower and grapevine, it is a perfect quiet retreat with a glass of wine. There is a barbecue, washing line, area to hose off dogs and welly boots, plus hanging space for wetsuits.

    Important notes on accommodation

    This is a non-smoking cottage. The accommodation is light and airy, stylish without being "precious", so that you will feel comfortable bringing dogs and children here. The bedrooms are all very good sizes, with comfortable beds and white bedlinen. They all have wardrobes and storage space. Bathrooms are clean and uncluttered, with spacious modern showers. The kitchen is big enough to seat everyone around a large table, and well equipped. The garden is private, quiet and enclosed for dogs and children.



    Rental Period Per Night Per Week Per Month Min. Stay (Nights)
    4 January 2014 - 29 March 2014 £ 130.00 2
    4 January 2014 - 29 March 2014 £ 500.00 7
    29 March 2014 - 31 May 2014 £ 600.00 3
    31 May 2014 - 6 September 2014 £ 750.00 3
    6 September 2014 - 1 November 2014 £ 130.00 2
    6 September 2014 - 1 November 2014 £ 600.00 7
    1 November 2014 - 20 December 2014 £ 130.00 2
    1 November 2014 - 20 December 2014 £ 500.00 7
    20 December 2014 - 3 January 2015 £ 750.00 7

    Notes on prices
    Low season: week £ 500 weekend £380 mid-week 4 nights £380 Mid season: week £600 weekend £380 mid-week 4 nights £380 High season: week £750 weekend £490 mid-week 4 nights £490 Easter, Christmas and New Year: High Season Half term school holidays: Mid Season 2 night stays are available in mid and low season

    Changeover day
    7 day stays: arrival after 4pm Saturday, leaving by 10am next Saturday. Weekend stays of three nights: arrive after 4pm Friday, leaving by 10am Monday. out of season 2 to 4 night stays can be more flexible

    Booking notes
    Once you have emailed me a request, I will send you an invoice for the deposit (30% of the holiday). The remainder is paid 28 days before your holiday. We also ask for a damage deposit cheque of £200 at this time, to be returned un cashed after your stay. We charge £20 per dog.


    Cottage in West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, England

    About the area

    The beach is a two minute walk, and is pebbly with sand. Crabbing is done from the pontoon, a three minute walk. The best swimming in the sea is a five minute car drive or twenty minute walk along the beach.

    Colchester 8 miles away has a golf course.

    How to get there
    Nearest airport is Stansted, an hour away. London is an hours drive, or 50 minutes by train. Harwich port is 45 minutes away.

    Historic Colchester, with a modern shopping centre, cinema, leisure centre, zoo is only 8 miles away. Ipswich, similar, is thirty minutes drive. There are picturesque estuary villages , wildlife reserves such as Fingringhoe wick and Merseas Cudmore grove. Take the foot ferry from East Mersea to Brightlingsea, . Within easy driving are beautiful historic local towns such as Halstead, and villages like Lavenham and Kersey. Plus Constable country is only half an hours drive.

    Further Details
    Within two minute and five minute walks are quiet country walks, two public houses,which also serve food, two seafood bars, two sailing clubs, two cafes. One of the cafes sells wine, milk etc. A short 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive brings you to the centre of West Mersea with supermarkets, banks, post office, cafes, delicatessens, petrol station, restaurants, takeaways, etc. The island is an attraction for windsurfers, canoeists, sailors, kite surfers, paddle boarders, cyclists and walkers. Plus Colchester, a main town with leisure centre, cinema, zoo and high street shops is only 8 ,miles away.

    Guest reviews

    10 reviews
    in total with an average rating of



    Reviewed by: Andy F, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 13 October 2014

    Date of stay: October 2014

    "Great holiday cottage in a great location"

    Anchorage Mews is a cosy, modern cottage with character, and our family party of 5 plus two small dogs enjoyed a lovely weekend stay there. The cottage has a well-equipped kitchen, with all the right pots, pans and utensils, and a nice large table for meals. The three bedrooms have very comfortable beds (the two doubles are super-king size too) and there's one en suite bathroom and a shared one for the other two rooms. There's a small courtyard garden, too, but we didn't use it as the cottage is located literally one minute's walk from the West Mersea seafront with it's great mix of boatyards, cafes, pubs and seafood restaurants. Highly recommended and really good value.

    Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, sightseeing and families with young children

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    Reviewed by: Issy, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 27 July 2014

    Date of stay: July 2014

    "Beautiful holiday cottage"

    Our stay at Anchorage Mews was perfect! We are a family that range from grandparents, parents to grandchildren and even our dog! this 'tardis' of a holiday cottage accommodated us all. There was every facility that we could wish for, beautifully clean and very welcoming, including fresh flowers on arrival. A fantastic location minutes walk from the beach, yacht club and lovely food at The Oyster Bar. I would most definitely recommend this to anyone looking for comfortable and stylish accommodation in an amazing location.

    Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, families with teenagers, families with young children and romantic getaway

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    Reviewed by: Alex, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 3 June 2014

    Date of stay: May 2014

    "Home from Home!"

    We had a marvellous time in Anchorage Mews. The cottage is exceptionally comfortable, well equipped, spacious and well located. I would recommend this property during any season and for any age group!

    Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children and romantic getaway

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    Reviewed by: Gemma, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 26 May 2014

    Date of stay: May 2014

    "Just perfect"

    The cottage was exactly what I had in mind and more... It had a lovely fresh homely welcoming good feel ... lovely location and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and definetely would have stayed longer ... Thank you aswel to hilary the owner who was more than helpful.r

    Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, girls getaway, families with teenagers and families with young children

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    Reviewed by: Why, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 19 May 2014

    Date of stay: May 2014

    "19 May 2014"

    Lovely location Excellent facilities Spacious & clean cottage near beach & within walking distance of all local amenities.

    Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, sightseeing, families with teenagers and families with young children

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    Guest comments

    "Our family and I had the most perfect weekend at Anchorage Mews! well done Ross and Hilary : The bloomfields, Suffolk, Uk"

    “We had a great time at the beautiful Anchorage Mews. The house is very bright and really very clean. It is also fully equipped for a family (2 adults and 3 children in our case) and we really appreciated the comfortable king size bed! Even if we stayed in winter, the house warmed very quickly and we loved the wood burner. We really felt like at home! Congratulations to Hilary and the housekeeper!” Claire S, London, Uk

    About the Owner

    Despite living in Suffolk for years, we didn't discover Mersea Island until four years ago. We fell in love with it! Unspoilt, beautiful estuary walks and sunsets, fabulous seafood especially the oysters, friendly people, lovely cafes, pubs and restaurants, swimming in the sea, watching the boats...perfect. It's our family holiday home, and with grandchildren on the horizon it will be a wonderful place for children to have a proper, old fashioned, British seaside holiday. New to the market for the season of 2013, we have tried it out on friends and family. We have had such fun, relaxing times on this special island, and we hope you do too.

    Year property purchased: 2012

    Why this location?

    The really special thing about Mersea Island's a bit of a well kept secret. It isn't "Hampstead-by-the-sea" as some parts of the east Anglia coast have been labelled now. It's not overly touristy, there are lots of local people born and bred here, there is still a fishing and sail making industry here. There are lots of independent local shops. The bottom line is, it hasn't been spoilt. It's peaceful, but not remote. There is lots to do, but equally, it's somewhere you can kick back and relax. The sea air does that. As we drive over the "strood" (the Roman roadway on to the island), it's like we pull up the drawbridge, take a deep breath, and r-e-l-a-x

    What are the unique benefits of the property?

    One of our favourite things we like to do, is take a glass of wine with us down to the sea, all of a minutes amble, sit on the sea wall and watch the sun go down over the water. When we have little ones at the cottage, a favourite past-time is crabbing off the pontoon, making sandcastles, swimming in the sea, going out on the water taxi, taking toddlers for an art class session in the town (then leaving them there with Dad, while mum pops next door to the art cafe for a cappuccino with friends). We become very lazy, popping round the corner to the Blackwater Pearl cafe for a cooked breakfast, before walking the dogs to get up an appetite for scallops and oysters for lunch at the Oyster bar. It's a hard life....

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    Cottage in West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, England

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